Biathlon Canoe & Run

Notice: Due to high water levels, the canoe races have been postponed. The new race date will be Saturday, August 19th.

Biathlon Trophy

Date: To Be Announced

2 person teams $50 pre-registered $75 race day
Solo biathlon $30 pre-registered $40 race day
(boat not included)

Registration: See You Next Year

Franklin County Public Transportation will provide transportation back to the start after the race

Biathlon Classes
OpenTeams providing their own canoe
Male/Male2 Males
Female/Female2 Females
Male/Female1 Male 1 Female
Adult/Youth2-person team (1 over 18 and 1 under 14 years of age)
Seniors2-person team (combined age of at least 100 years)
Masters2-person team (combined age of at least 80 years)
Solo1-person canoe or kayak

The biathlon is a race that combines an 8.4 mile Canoe Race and a 6.7 mile run. Racers start at the Brookville Tailwater Recreation Area. Racers canoe the entire length of the east fork to where it joins the west fork and continue along the Whitewater until the end of the canoe segment at Morgan's Canoe Rental in Cedar Grove. After docking the canoes the foot race begins. Leaving Morgan's the racers continue south on S.R. 1 to River Road. Traveling north along River Road, there will be drink stations along with some beautiful countryside. The finish line is located at the Franklin County Conservation Club ending up to be 15.1 miles in total length. Transportation will be available after the race.

Biathletes compete for the biathlon Cup. Winners have their names engraved the Cup, and will get to hold it for one year. The Cup was generously donated by Franklin County's premier racing family, the Leffingwells.

Awards will available to winners as soon as results are confirmed, with the exception of the grand prize Biathlon Cup. Those wishing to receive their award early in the afternoon may do so.

There will be an official awards ceremony at 7pm for those who wish to receive their awards on stage, the presentation of the Biathlon Cup, and to those who wish to receive wild raucous applause from the Canoefest crowd. The awards ceremony is presided over by the Canoe Princess and her Court. Those winners who are not in attendance will still have their name(s) announced at the Awards Ceremony

Biathlon Rules

  • Both participants must complete both the canoe race and the run
  • Solo participants not eligible for the biathlon cup
  • Open division must furnish their own canoe
  • The open division is intended for those individuals extremely skilled in canoeing
  • Except open division, only rental canoes and paddles will be used, or their equivalent
  • Participants must sign waiver of liability and have USCG life vest, if under 18 parent or guardian must sign waiver
  • Minors must have parent or guardian's written consent
  • Racers must pull their boat to a designated area at the end of the paddling section before continuing on with the running section
  • Race-day officials can make adjustments to rules and classes as needed
  • Judges decisions are final

Biathlon Map

View Brookville Canoefest Biathlon Course Map in a larger map


Canoefest starts at the Brookville Lake Tailwaters, beneath the Brookville Lake Dam. This area is under the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers, and is not a public put in for boats. Canoefest is allowed to start there under a special permit FOR RACE DAY ONLY. Those putting in at the Brookville Lake Tailwaters at other times are breaking the law and subject to enforcement and penalties.

The primary purpose of the Brookville Lake is flood control, both locally, and nationally, as a part of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers flood control. Water release from the dam can be very low, or dangerously high, with little notice in between. On race day, the US Army Corps of Engineers graciously give us a flow that paddlers love, and is not only fun, but safe and consistent. On other days there is no such assurance. Thus putting in at this location is not only illegal, it is dangerous.

Please respect our arrangement with the US Army Corps and do not put in at the Brookville Tailwaters. For practice on our rivers, there are two liveries in Brookville, as well as public put-ins to take advantage of our great paddling rivers.